4 bold predictions for the Seahawks vs. the Lions in Week 2

  • Seattle to use the RBs more?
  • Can the offensive output continue?
  • Who wins between Seattle and Detroit in Week 2?
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Jaxon Smith-Njigba will lead the Seahawks in receptions

For all we hoped what the Seahawks offense would look like in 2023 and beyond, Week 1 was neither what we hoped nor a good preview of what is to come. At least, one hopes. If Seattle's offense looks just as good all season as it did against the Rams, 4-13 is a real possibility. But we know from what 13 previous seasons of Pete Carroll seasons that the Seahawks are going to find a way to succeed one way or another.

Part of that hope for the offense was based on Seattle choosing Jaxon Smith-Njigba in the first round of the 2023 draft. Smith-Njigba did have a drop on a tough pass against the Rams, but mostly the Rams seemed to know what Seattle was going to do before Seattle snapped the ball for most of the game. Smith-Njigba was limited but that may have been as much because of the Seahawks offense than the Rams defense.

We know Smith-Njigba can catch and run. We've seen his college film and we've seen him be good in limited snaps in the preseason. One might wonder if offensive coordinator Shane Waldron might simply have too many offensive weapons and doesn't know how to use them. For instance, had Seattle run Kenneth Walker more that might have helped Smith-Njigba, DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett.

I do think Smith-Njigba and the Seattle offense bounces back against the Lions somewhat. I also think this is the perfect week for Smith-Njigba to lead the team in catches. That doesn't mean I think he will score a couple of touchdowns or put up big yards, but I think Geno Smith uses him more in the middle of the field. Seattle needs to use JSN to maximize its potential.